Rotary is on the verge of eradicating polio from the face of the earth. Rotary started the campaign to eradicate polio in 1986, 32 years after Dr. Jonas Salk invented the vaccination. Other organizations said it could not be done, but Rotary pressed on and the incidences of polio have declined every singe year in the world since and partners in our efforts added.
Today, the planet is 99% free of polio and Rotary as the poster proclaims above, well, "We are just this close!"
Our partners in these efforts include the World Health Organization, unicef, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Learn more about Rotary's efforts below:
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Utah Rotary eClub Meeting 2-22-17
Speaker Scott Mackintosh - The Short Short Dad
Sometimes we become so engrossed with our own trails, our own challenges, our own needs, that we fail to see those all around us. Rotary helps remind us remember to put Service Above Self and by doing so we bring more joy into our own life and those around us.
by Kelly C. Atkinson, PDG Utah Rotary District 5420
As salient individuals we seek to effectuate change and to make a difference in the world. Yet we know from our life's experiences, we can't always control the outside forces that move upon our lives - try as we will. Most of the time, these challenges do not come upon us because we are not trying our best or that we are cursed or lazy. As intelligent beings we understand that there are forces in the universe bigger than us.
As we travail life, we shall face challenges. It is part of the human condition. Such has been the fate of humankind since the beginning of time. Those of us who live in the United States however do not face the same challenges as others who live on our globe.
We live in a world where one third of the world's population still lives in homes with earthen floors. Almost one billion people out of the eight billion that populate our world live on less than a dollar a day. Two billion live on two dollars a day. Two and one-half billion people in the world struggle each day to find suitable housing, clean drinking water, and enough food for their daily meal. Most of us have three squares a day, when these underprivileged search daily for enough fuel to cook their meager meal.
I do not know why I was born on this side of the luck line and others were born on the other side. I do not know why I have so much and others have so little. I do not know why I make more in a day than many in the world make in a year. What I do know is because I have been so fortunate, I have an obligation to give back and Rotary allows me a way to do so. If you feel the same, that your life is enriched because you live in a country with so much, join our ranks and help us transform the world. The transformation may start with your community, then perhaps your nation, and finally you will reach out to the world. For that is what Rotary does - it changes.
I joined Rotary to change the world. What I have discovered in my journey and the people I have met is Rotary has changed me.